Downed Trees, Power Lines Cause Widespread Power Outages
PLYMOUTH — Chief G. Edward Bradley and Emergency Management Director Christian Horvath report that town officials and emergency personnel are actively responding to calls for service during the Nor’easter storm.
“We are seeing more trees and poles down as a result of this Nor’easter storm than we have seen in the past few storms that have hit our area,” Chief Bradley said. “Emergency personnel and utility crews are continuing to work around the clock to clean up our roadways and restore power to our community members. We ask that residents stay home and avoid driving while we continue with our cleanup efforts.”
Plymouth emergency personnel and utility crews are working diligently to restore power and clear downed trees and power lines from roadways in numerous areas throughout town.
According to Eversource’s Power Outage Map, 87% of Plymouth is without power at this time. Town officials also report that high tides caused by the Nor’easter storm have washed out sections of Route 3A in the area of Warren Avenue. It is estimated that over 40 streets across town are also obstructed by downed trees and wires.
Chief Bradley urges residents who do not need to be on the roads to keep the streets clear to help crews work unabated. If you must be on the roads, use extreme caution.
Residents should not attempt to drive through large puddles or on flooded roads, which could threaten their safety. Just 6 inches of moving water can knock a person down, and 2 feet of water can sweep your vehicle away.
Electrical hazards remain in town, and all residents and motorists are cautioned to avoid live or downed wires, even if you suspect the wires are cable or telephone lines. Downed wires pose hazards to all, and town crews must be assisted by Eversource employees on-site before final cleanups can be completed. Residents are asked to call 911 to report any downed wires.
If your power is out, follow MEMA’s power outage safety tips. Report power outages to your utility company. Do not call 911 to report an outage or to ask about power restoration.
- Resources for local residential services:
- Eversource: To report power outages or gas emergencies call 800-592-2000
- Verizon: 800-837-4966
- Comcast/Xfinity: 800-934-6489
For those using generators, the Plymouth Fire Department reminds residents to use extreme caution and allow for proper ventilation. Never use a generator indoors or inside a garage. Keep generators away from HVAC air intakes. For more generator safety tips, visit Redcross.org.
Plymouth Fire officials will provide further updates as they become available.